BMW is one of Germany's top automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing companies. By model sales, its main BMW badge is in the top 15 car manufacturers on the planet.
BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz are Germany’s best-selling luxury carmakers in the world. The Bavarian company was founded in 1916 and has its headquarters in Munich. It also owns and produces Mini cars, and is the parent company of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. DW's latest content on BMW is collated below.
Just in time for spring, BMW has introduced the successor to its popular 1-Series convertible. The 2-Series Convertible is over 7 centimeters longer than its forebear, but it has retained the proportions typical of the Bavarian car maker's designers. Called the M235i xDrive, the top-of-the-line package includes all-wheel drive and churns out 240 kW of power.
BMW is following up on the i8 with a hybrid edition of its production 3 Series. The prototype can reach speeds of 120 km/h on electric power, with a range of 35 km. BMW is also working with its 5 Series GT research vehicle in the quest for greater long-haul capacity among electric cars.
1986 was the year a legend was born: the BMW M3, one of the best-performing motorsport models ever. It could go anywhere - dirt road or race track. Under the hood was an optimized four-cylinder engine that had already scored successes for the BMW 1800ti in the 1960s.
BMW's new front-wheel-drive 2-series Active Tourer gave the engineers a new challenge: they had to find a way to build a front-wheel-drive car with a transverse engine layout, using the x-Drive-System. Thanks to light, compact components, this all-rounder's entire all-wheel-drive system weighs in at just 61 kilos.